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morning. 29-year-old shaquan duley claimed she'd been in a car accident and her vehicle was in a river. when divers responded, they found her 2-year-old and 1-year-old sons still strapped to their car seats. inconsistencies in duley's story resulted in her arrest for leaving the scene of an accident. >> we have this morning served two warrants of murder against mrs. duley for the deaths of her children. >> reporter: the sheriff says duley was unemployed and overwhelmed and she snapped after a fight with her mother. >> she just wanted to get rid of the children, as sad as it may be. but she wanted to get rid of the children. >> reporter: she also has a 5-year-old. the child is currently in the care of her grandmother. after investigating a defect for years in japan, a big recall in north america. 300,000 late-model mazza 3 and mazza 5 sedans are being recalled because of defective
power steering. investigators say it could cause accidents. april 2007 to november 2008. now here is a look at your wednesday weather. another stormy day along the gulf coast with heavy rains from new orleans to jacksonville. showers for the rest of the southeast and to washington, d.c. severe weather from fargo to green bay. and thunderstorms in the southwest. >> 93 in albuquerque. 84 in sacramento. 91 in boise. it will be the 20th day of triple digit heat in dallas. 80s in omaha, chicago and much of the northeast. our producer tells me this is our video of the day. >> all right. >> if you don't watch it, look up for a second. this you just listen to us, this is the video you want to see. >> a north carolina sheriff's deputy was held hostage for hours by thousands of bees that covered his squad car. bee keepers were called in to remove the swarm and put them all in a box. several bees did manage to make their way into the car but the
deputy was able to swat them away. >> it turns out the bees were the real victims. they were left behind when a beekeeper's truck broke down and they were just looking for a new home. i was thinking it was because he had doughnuts and they were sweet and the bees came. too far of a stretch. >> we'll be right back with more. [ powder cleaner ] what? mr. clean magic eraser bath scrubber? quick question... whatdoes she see in him? well, his crubbing surface is 30% larger thse days. [ spray bottle ] yea, hat was rhetorical. [ liquid cleaner ] one more thing, he cleans thre times more soap scum per swipe than you, soha. see, i don't think you know hat rhetorical means. oh look at this, this is where he says "i'm mr. clean, i don't just clean, i brin out the shine, too!" ding! [ liquidcleaner ] what was that?
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welcome back, everyone. mortgage rates set an all-time low last month. you would think now is the perfect time to get a loan or refinance your home. >> think again. even with the average mortgage rate under 4%, even customers with terrific credit are being turned down. vicki mabry exchains why. >> reporter: when brian and suzanne hernandez were shopping for their first home they thought they'd be a lock for a
mortgage. she's a schoolteacher, he's a personal trainer and owns a gym. they were shocked when they were denied. >> we've been working for four years of our marriage towards getting our first new home. and when we finally were ready to do that, and we went for the mortgage and we were told we were denied, it was just heartbreaking. >> i thought it was going to be easy. i've leased cars, purchased cars, have a great credit score. i've never been late on a payment for anything. school loans or any type of business loans. everything's always been on time. i thought it was going to be an easy process. >> reporter: gone are the days when you could declare your income and the bank accepted it. so brian had to prove he earns every penny he claimed. but it's not just the self-employed like brian hernandez. >> you just want me to sign my name? >> sure, just like it is on the front of the check. >> reporter: this couple from chicago both have good jobs. he's a dentist, she's a teacher.
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also look at your employment in the future. are you in a job where you might be let go? which is the big thing now. >> reporter: number three, watch your debt ratio. >> debt to income ratios are much lower now. so a lot of the banks cap it at 45%. >> reporter: number four, have a down payment up front and extra money in reserve. >> fannie mae requires a minimum of 5% down. so when you're buying a house, it's good if you have your down payment, your closing costs, which you know ahead of time. could be a couple thousand, could be 10, 20, doesn't matter. they want to see that you have a couple of months left over post-closing reserves. >> reporter: number five, be prepared. >> it's a very different world in real estate. values are, i believe, still going down. or could continue to go down. there's a lot of homes on the market. there's foreclosures. and it's scary. so i just think the key to
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august 1981, the 30-year fixed loan, 17%. now less than 4.5%. >> if you're one of those people, time to refy. >> oh, yes. >> time to get upset. coming up, rob had to leave behind his beloved new orleans saints to move here to new york. >> it's been a sporting challenge for me saying good-bye to the super bowl champion big easy saints. but hello to the big apple. the series continues when we come back.
all week long rob has been showing us how his adjustment to new york is going. and today there is a topic that new yorkers live and die by, and that is sports. >> that's for sure. the city is home to so many great teams. and it's made being a saints fan here the toughest challenge to tackle in my move from the big easy to the big apple.
>> reporter: even for a city known for its hard-partying ways, it will always be tough to surpass the euphoria in new orleans this past february. the saints winning the super bowl had been the city's dream for 43 years. and the black and gold delivered that dream in dramatic fashion, paving the way for an historic celebration. but with the new season around the corner and very little black and gold to be found since my move to new york, can a saints fan like me survive in this town? super bowl champions. especially amongst these notoriously tough new york sports fans. >> go to a giants game, go to a jets game, you'll see passion, it gets crazy. new yorkers want to win and that translates into the team. >> if your team is winning somewhere around the later innings or later part of the game, you might just want to sneak out. >> reporter: there's no shortage of ego here either.
>> not bragging. but new york is it. >> who's going to win the world series, who's going to win the super bowl? >> yankees and giants. >> reporter: despite its hard-core reputation, apparently there is room in new york for those of us who might not be rooting for the home team. >> that's another reason why it's good, you get people from all over. on a sunday your giants and your jets fans, the 1:00 game, 4:00 game, whatever. you'll get new jersey because new york is such a melting pot. >> reporter: when i came here tonight decked out in saints gear, what i expected was trash talking. what i found instead is a little bit of mutual respect from these new yorkers. >> new york respects winners. you guys won. >> because of what you guys have gone through, you automatically are loved here. so we'll root for your team. as long as you're not playing our team. >> reporter: plus, the real enemy is clear. >> new york fans have a reputation for being kind of rough if you don't root for the mets or the yankees or the knicks.
is that true? is that fact or fiction? >> only if you're from boston. don't wear anything from boston. and don't wear anything from philly. and you'll be all right. >> reporter: and there's definitely a sports spirit here that saints fans, still riding that super bowl high, can relate to. >> and we don't just like to see the game as just a game, but it becomes part of us. >> reporter: and if things ever do get a little out of hand, these new yorkers offer some pretty universal advice. >> that's all people want to know is that you care for a good reason. then have some fun and buy somebody a beer here and you'll be good. >> oh, yeah, buying a beer will go a long way. >> that's advice we all can relate to, buying a beer goes a long way. when i walked in the bar with this jersey i expected -- as i said, they were really nice, very cool. there was definitely some mutual respect. that may change come playoff time. but that night they were really cool, really nice. >> are you allowed to tell us
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> welcome back, everybody. the guys in the control room said this video blew them away. let's get right to it. apparently "china's got talent." this contest tent was on. lost both his arms, 10 years old, after touching a high-voltage wire while playing hide and seek. wanted piano lessons, his teacher quit on him. 18 years old, decided to teach himself. now plays with his feet. heaves on "china's got talent." the judges got emotional watching this. unbelievable watching him play. >> that is unbelievable. >> really. look at that. ♪ >> you know, for a segment that normally has things like cats in hats. >> and bears. >> we suddenly collapsed the whole thing.
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>> keep you from breaking into your house. the poor guy was unemployed so he was trying to break into somebody's house for the obvious reasons. embarrassing. sitting there stuck halfway, thinking about that. so don't rob houses. >> good to know. well, here's something for all you heart-healthy viewers this morning. apparently this is the hot item at the illinois state fair in springs field. it's being nicknamed the meat man parfait. get this, for seven bucks, this is what you get. >> it looks gross already. >> barbecued pork layered with matched potatoes in a plastic cup finished with potatoes, a drizzle of barbecue sauce, and cherry tomato. or layer with barbecued pork and barbecued brisket. >> is the white thing potato salad? >> that's the potatoes, yes. >> that's quitedy gusting. >> meal in a cup, what's wrong with that? >> meal in a cup, what's wrong with that? come on, vinita. >> meal in a cup, what's wrong with that? [vibrates] come on, ving morning, sunshine. wakey, wakey. text me back.
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guilty. jurors convict rod blagojevich on just one charge. reaction from the former illinois governor and insight from the jury. then, set free. the unusual legal move that lets a convict go home. and, stressful situations that set us off. the danger in anger. it's wednesday, august 18th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> everyone stay calm today. everyone relax, no anger, serenity now, no outbursts. we're good, jim, we're good. everyone's all right? we're good. all right, everyone's calm. good morning, everyone, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. former illinois governor rod blagojevich is facing another trial this morning.
jurors in chicago convicted him of just one charge, lying to federal agents. >> a single juror held out so there was no verdict on the other charges. diana alvear has the latest now from chicago. good morning, diana. >> reporter: it really did seem deliberations were going to continue to drag on until jurors sent a note to the judge asking how to fill out the paperwork when they've reached a verdict. after seven weeks a chicago jury was only able to agree on one count in the rod blagojevich trial. guilty on the 24th count, a charge of making a false statement. they were deadlocked on the other 23 charges. after court, blagojevich thanked the jury and condemned prosecutors. >> i did not lie to the fbi. i've told the truth from the very beginning. this is a persecution and we have a prosecutor who has wasted and wants to spend tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money. >> reporter: the verdict followed 14 days of deliberations and several questions from the jury. they asked for witness
transcripts, even a copy of the oath they all swore to uphold. blagojevich had vowed to defend himself on the stand, but his attorneys didn't let him. >> perhaps maybe the biggest lesson i've learned is that i talk too much. >> reporter: jurors have heard plenty from their former governor. investigators taped hundreds of hours of conversations between blagojevich and his associates. tapes they say prove he broke the law. and even conspired to sell the president's open senate seat. >> i've got this thing, and it's [ bleep ] golden. and i'm just not giving it up [ bleep ] nothing. >> reporter: following the verdict, prosecutors told the court they plan to retry blagojevich and his brother. blagojevich said he'd be ready. >> patty and i are going to continue the fight because this fight is a lot bigger than just me. >> reporter: that verdict means blagojevich could possibly be sentenced to prison. he has vowed to appeal. vinita, rob? a south carolina mother is to be formally charged today on charges she killed her two little boys.
at first shaquan duley claimed her sons drowned after her car crashed into a river. police say she later confessed to suffocating the children, putting them in the car, and driving it into the river to make it look like an accident. the coroner says there are physical signs her 2-year-old son tried to fight back before his death. radio talk show host dr. laura says she will go off the air at the end of the year. she said last night that she will not renew her contract. the decision follows controversy over her repeated use of the "n" word during her show last week. she says her decision to quit was her own and that she has not been forced out. >> certainly a surprise for all those loyal dr. laura fans. >> no kidding. freedom could be a day away or so for a california inmate who was serving 25 years to life. >> gregory taylor was sentenced under california's three strikes law back in 1997. >> the work of some law students helped win his release. don guevara is in l.a. with the details. good morning, don. rob and vinita, once this man is
free he says he's going to have a celebratory meal with his family. and then go get a job working for his brother. gregory taylor wiped away tears after a judge erased his third felony conviction. he was to spend 25 years to life behind bars. taylor was convicted of trying to break into a church kitchen he regularly got food from back in 1997. he was a drug addict, claiming he was hungry and wanted food. taylor's family is eager to have him home. >> i'm happy. we're just waiting for the 48 hours or whenever so we can pick him up and bring him home. >> reporter: the judge said taylor's initial sentence falls outside the spirit of the three strikes law. l.a. county has eased up on giving nonviolent offenders like taylor a third felony strike. that wasn't the case when taylor received his third strike. >> they abuse this powerful tool through draconian sentences for very minor offenses, they will lose the three strikes law.
>> reporter: two stanford law students petitioned the court to have taylor set free. >> this is what we wanted and hoped would turn out but we weren't sure that it would happen. >> reporter: the students are part of a group who are fighting to release other offenders like taylor. >> and there are somewhere around 4,000 other nonviolent third strikers currently serving their 25 to life sentences in california. >> reporter: many district attorneys in california are taking the same philosophy to the law that was applied to taylor. as for taylor, he'll be released in a couple of days. in los angeles, don guevara, abc news. rob and vinita, back to you. the president of colombia flies to san andreas island to thank firefighters, police and others who helped passengers in monday's plane crash. the most seriously injured among the survivors is an 11-year-old girl. she is in critical condition with a brain injury. at least 20 more passengers are still being treated at the hospital. a baby and her parents are reunited after an incident aboard a southwest airlines
plane. police say a flight attendant took the baby after the mother slapped the crying child. paramedics checked the baby when the plane landed in albuquerque. the parents were not charged but police say the flight attendant's decision to hold the child neutralized a tense situation. pakistan's president now admits that his government's response to the flood disaster could have been better. meanwhile, the world bank is redirecting $900 million in loans to pakistan for flood relief. as jim sciutto reports, it is needed desperately. >> reporter: the help is coming in but not nearly enough to meet the need. 8 million of the 20 million people affected still haven't received any aid whatsoever. wherever we go, this is what we're hearing. i don't have food to eat, she said, i don't have anything. the floods have inundated 17 million acres of farmland, destroying crops and doubling food prices in some places. mushtak hussein, a wheat farmer, wonders how he'll feed his four children. before the floods i used to help other people, he said.
now i need help myself. for many pakistani farmers, the flooding could mean a triple loss. crops and storage spoiled. current crops washed away. and the danger they'll miss the next season's planting in the fall. that is leading to food shortages from villages to pakistan's largest city, karachi, which will run out of some foods by the end of this week. on the economy, damage to roads, bridges and power lines will cost billions to repair. for a country already dependent on foreign loans. most importantly for the u.s., the economic hardship has a direct effect on the fight against the taliban. throughout pakistan, the areas facing the worst food shortages are the very same areas where the insurgency is most active. right along the border with afghanistan. and the taliban is already stepping in, delivering aid where the government is not. so far, the flooding has been a massive crisis without a death toll to match. but the long-term effects could change that. jim sciutto, abc news, islamabad. the american southwest is
bracing for more stormy weather that could leave parts of arizona covered with dust for a second straight day. gusty winds blew sand and dust from the desert into the phoenix area. the haze was so thick, visibility was limited during the evening commute. now here is a look at your wednesday weather. those southwest storms also hit new mexico, colorado and utah. heavy rain across the gulf coast. showers in the carolinas, tennessee, and washington, d.c. afternoon showers in new york and severe storms from the dakotas to wisconsin. >> mostly 80s across the midwest. dallas hits 101. new orleans 90. 83 here in new york. 92 in atlanta. 72 in seattle. 84 in sacramento. and 104 in phoenix. if you don't have a white beard and a red suit, you probably don't belong there. but a california boy learned his lesson the hard way. >> very hard way. 11-year-old matthew mccammon got stuck headfirst in a chimney. matthew's family locked themselves out as they were preparing to move into the home, so matthew decided to squeeze
his 5'8", 115-pound frame down the chute to unlock the door. >> as you can see, it took a whole lot of firefighters about an hour and a half to blow out the back of the chimney and then pry him head downward first. >> leave it to santa, matthew. >> parents say, we told him not to do it, in their defense. we'll be right back. if you fight to sleep in the middle of the night,
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condemning. simon mcgreggor-wood reports. >> reporter: she called the facebook photos idf, israeli army, the best time of my life. responding to the photos, one online friend commented, that looks really sexy for you. the former israeli conscript, eden abigail, posing with handcuffed and blindfolded palestinian detainees two years ago. today, she finds herself at the center of a storm of controversy. israeli human rights groups, the palestinians, and even the army itself have rushed to condemn her. >> these are disgraceful photos. the idf does not condone this sort of behavior. aside from matters of information security, we're talking about a serious violation of our morals and our ethical code. >> reporter: lots of media coverage in israel and difficult questions about israel's occupation of the palestinians and what it might be doing to the young soldiers who serve there. >> this picture of an israeli
soldier enjoying humiliating palestinian prisoners is an example of the day-to-day life of the palestinian people under occupation. >> reporter: this youtube video of soldiers in hebron was a big internet hit. harmless fun, to some. offensive to the palestinians living in the city. the army is trying to stop this happening. soldiers are not allowed to post photos of their faces or from military operations. eden abigail says she meant no harm either and that she is now the victim of death threats and of living life as a virtual prisoner in her own home. simon mcgreggor-wood, abc news, jerusalem. and coming up next, the gifted athlete who rose from the ashes of nuclear disaster. >> she became one of the world's most successful pro tennis players. you're watching "world news now."
the giants won the pennant! and they're going crazy! they're going crazy! >> that of course was the legendary call made in 1951 when bobby thompson of the then new york giants hit the shot heard round the world. thompson died tuesday at his home in savannah, georgia. he'd been battling poor health for years. his name and that home run will forever be a part of baseball history. bobby thompson was 86 years old. now to the three-time tennis grand slam champion maria sharapova who is also a success off the court. >> the world's highest-paid female athlete said none of it would be possible if it weren't for the nuclear accident in chernobyl. espn's rachel nichols reports. >> there has been a nuclear accident in the soviet union. there is speculation in moscow people were injured and may have died. >> if chernobyl never happened, my life would be very different.
i'd probably not even be playing tennis. >> maria sharapova has won three grand slam championships and at 23 years old is the highest-paid female athlete on the planet. earning about $20 million a year. she has her own fashion line, endorsement deals, and a glamorous life in los angeles. but the chain reaction that led her here started in a much darker place. a tower of a nuclear reactor on the other side of the world. more than 24 years ago. >> it's crazy to think that i could have been born in the midst of chernobyl. i remember my mom and my dad telling me that it was really chaos. everyone just wanted to leave. >> reporter: maria's parents, yuri and yelena sharapov, were living less than 100 miles from
ukraine's chernobyl nuclear power plant when in 1986, a safety test went horribly wrong, causing an explosion and a deadly cloud of radiation. yuri and his wife initially stayed. but four months after the disaster, she discovered she was pregnant. as radiation particles drifted into their town and those around the sharapovs began to suffer illnesses and birth defects, the couple decided they'd flee to live with family in western siberia, where in april of 1987, maria was born. >> my parents took a lot of chances in their life. growing up, i was always surrounded by those decisions. and i think in a way, subconsciously, i learned from that. >> reporter: the family moved to the u.s. when maria was 6. she'd break through to win wimbledon at 17. but she never forgot the places that shaped her. the area around chernobyl. the place her family once called home.
this summer, maria decided she'd return for the first time in 11 years. her first stop, a local hospital. where sharapova talked to doctors about the effects of chernobyl's radiation. more than two decades after the disaster, there's been a 1,400% increase in children diagnosed with thyroid cancer. [ speaking russian ] >> reporter: next up, a cultural center. and a tennis clinic. >> you hit the first ball. here, i'll feed it to you. >> reporter: before her visit, sharapova donated about $300,000 to charity programs here. during her stay she estimates an additional $250,000 would be added to create sports and
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finally this half hour, the danger of anger. a new study shows that losing your cool could actually lead to heart disease. >> in fact, having a volatile temper can be as dangerous as high blood pressure or even being a smoker. as yunji de nies reports the solution could be mind over matter. >> reporter: we all have that something that pushes us to the edge. >> traffic will definitely do it. the clock is ticking, i've got a place to go, and nothing's happening. >> failed technology. i would say that for sure. >> people are just too self-centered, they're not really thinking about how their actions impact other people.
>> reporter: what if being short-tempered, manipulative, even selfish, could actually damage your heart? >> this is putting you at just as high risk for developing heart disease, or having a stroke, as having a high cholesterol level or having a high blood pressure or being a smoker. >> reporter: in a new study, researchers followed more than 5,000 people -- men and women -- for three years and found that those with antagonistic personalities were more likely to develop sickness in their carotid arteries. those are the primary vessels that bring blood to your brain and are often measured as an indicator for heart disease. the thicker they get the more prone you are to heart attacks and stroke. the good news? you can often control that hostile and aggressive behavior. simple breathing techniques, meditation, even just asking yourself, is this worth the stress? can make a difference. >> we do know that it's possible to learn to manage your anger better, and that when you do your blood pressure and its reactivity to being angry
actually diminish. >> reporter: so the next time you're about to explode, look within. >> surrender me now! >> reporter: and take a breather. >> surrender me now! >> reporter: yunji de nies, abc news, washington. >> there actually can be some interesting gender differences in the way all this anger plays out in terms of gender. what do you think? >> i think you should tell the truth, that we've been arguing about this since this story started. >> you're angry. >> i'm not completely angry. oh, that's me. in a different outfit. thanks, guys. thanks. i will say, though, i was curious to know what they said is a type "a" personality. so if you're curious, is a type "a" personality. so if you're curious, are you this kind of person? man on radio: mission is a go. you are good to go.
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convicted. rod blagojevich is found guilty on a single charge. >> i did not lie to the fbi. >> the jurors deadlocked and the former illinois governor's next fight. then, mortgage mayhem. banks tempt home buyers with low rates, until it's time to apply. and, fouled-up franchises. the bitterness at kentucky fried chicken. it's wednesday, august 18th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> you know, it's happening at kfc, it's kind of interesting. in the sense people are basically saying, kfc, you are kentucky fried chicken. some of the franchise owners are saying, we want to stay as fried chicken, quit marketing that healthy stuff. it's not helping sales. >> we want a heart attack, let us have our way. i mean, come on. >> i think what they're saying
is if you include it in a regular, balanced diet you should be allowed to have it. you'll hear all about the controversy. >> juicy details in a second. >> good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. federal prosecutors are promising a quick retrial for former illinois governor rod blagojevich. >> the jury agreed on just one charge in the high-profile case. diana alvear has the latest from chicago. diana? >> reporter: vinita and rob, good morning. it really did seem deliberations were going to continue to drag on until jurors passed a note to the judge, asking the proper way to fill out the paperwork when they've reached a verdict. the jury ended up finding blagojevich guilty on one count of making a false statement but they were deadlocked on the other 23 counts, including those famous charges he tried to sell the president's open senate seat to the highest bidder. >> i've got this thing and it's [ bleep ] golden. and i'm just not giving it up [ bleep ] nothing.
>> reporter: as soon as that verdict came down, prosecutors vowed to retry blagojevich and his brother as soon as possible. >> the conduct would make lincoln roll over in his grave. >> to give credit to the entire jury, there wasn't any animosity. there wasn't any yelling or name-calling. they were very professional. they were very thoughtful. >> reporter: blagojevich also had a lot to say after court. >> perhaps maybe the biggest lesson i've learned is that i talk too much. i did not lie to the fbi. i've told the truth from the very beginning. this is a persecution. and we have a prosecutor who is wasted and wants to spend tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money. i didn't let you down. the jury has shown that the government couldn't prove that i did anything wrong. we're going to appeal that lying decision. and we're hopeful that the law's on our side with regard to that. >> reporter: of course that verdict means he could possibly still face time in prison. he has vowed to appeal. vinita, rob? >> all right, thanks diana.
later this half hour, more reaction from the jury from our "american landscape." and stay with abc news as we cover the blagojevich verdict. we'll have more live coverage later on "america this morning" and additional insight from the jurors "good morning america." a south carolina mother is in court later today to be charged with killing her two sons. police say they were suspicious of shaquan duley's original claim that the toddlers drowned inside her car. they say duley later confessed to suffocating the children, putting their bodies into the car and crashing it into the river. the coroner's report indicates the older child showed signs of a struggle before his death. police in texas say a gunman towing a trailer full of explosives set his truck ablaze. he then fired at least 100 rounds at a police building in suburban dallas. investigators believe patrick gray sharp wanted to lure people out of the building. he was found dead after the shoot-out but it's not clear yet if he took his own life. the obama administration says a suicide bomb attack on an
iraqi army recruitment center will not change plans to withdraw u.s. combat troops. the attack in central baghdad was the deadliest in iraq since may. martha raddatz has details of what was a particularly deadly day. >> reporter: the suicide bomber targeted iraqi recruits, iraqi civilians trying to sign up for the iraqi army. there were thousands lined up. some of them had stayed all night, trying to get a job, desperate for a job. a suicide bomber walked into the recruiting station, his vest packed full of nails, and blew himself up. as many as 60 civilians and recruits were killed in that bombing. there was also a fuel truck bombing. that killed eight civilians in iraq. this was very reminiscent of the early days of the war. but in about two weeks, u.s. troops will go down to about 50,000 troops. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. a horrific ending to a bus journey in the philippines this morning. at least 35 people were killed when the bus plunged off a mountain highway into a 100-foot
ravine. one man who jumped out before the crash said the brakes on the bus failed and that the driver was not speeding before losing control. amazingly, though, at least eight passengers survived the crash. mortgage rates are at an all-time low, under 4.5% for the first time in decades. the low rates should entice people to buy and boost the real estate market. but as barbara pinto reports, the solution is not so simple. >> reporter: nearly everywhere you look there are signs of how tough a task this will be. it was about fixing fannie mae and freddie mac, the troubled federal agencies that guarantee 90% of the nation's mortgage loans. but the list of fixes is a long one. >> fixing this system is one of the most consequential and one of the most complicated economic policy problems we face as a nation. >> reporter: in southern california, home sales fell 21% last month. the biggest drop in years. all of this comes as mortgage rates continue to reach record lows.
today, less than 4.5% for a 30-year fixed loan. compare that to august of 1981, when that same mortgage came with an interest rate of more than 17%. the rates may be historically low but the hurdles are high. >> for conventional mortgages, it's only the best of the best. it's the cream of the crop. people with outstanding credit scores, very, very high-paying, stable jobs. >> reporter: he says having high credit card debt or any interruption in income, even a maternity leave, could make it tough to land a mortgage right now. >> $188,000, 4.5%, your first payment's october 1st. >> reporter: they have good jobs. he's a dentist, she's a teacher. they have good credit. but it still took them three tries and a year and a half to refinance their home. >> there's a lot of paperwork that you have to go in between, you have to go here, go there, pick this up, you need that stamped. >> reporter: the payoff is significant. they went from a 6.1% mortgage to 4.5%. >> i'd say $425, $421, something
like that, a month. >> that's quite a bit of money. >> yes, ma'am. yes, ma'am. that's a car payment, you know what i mean? >> reporter: this is the home they were able to close on. when it comes to getting people out to buy homes and ease the housing crisis, these low rates aren't doing much. it seems they're no match for worries about jobs and the economy. barbara pinto, abc news, aurora, illinois. of course it is mid-august and the minnesota vikings training camp is in full swing. that can only mean one thing -- look closely there in the white t-shirt, the one and only brett favre. we could learn today that he's coming back for a 20th nfl season. favre's under contract with the vikings. he's been considering retirement for years now. in fact, he started last year's camp a year ago today and led the vikings to the nfc title game where they lost to the new orleans saints. >> that's hard for me to tell it's favre, i'll take your word on it, though. >> he's there, trust me.
here is a look at your forecast. up to 5 inches of rain and flooding from louisiana to florida. showers into the mid-atlantic. 80-mile-an-hour winds, hail, and isolated tornados from fargo to green bay. thunderstorms in the four corners region of the southwest. >> triple digits in phoenix and colorado springs. 96 in salt lake city. 80s from fargo to kansas city and detroit. 91 in miami. 80 in baltimore. 83 in bean town. they are whipping up a recipe for a better future and it is all taking place in the can. >> literally. inmates in a jail near san francisco put their best pots forward for a culinary cook-off yesterday. each team included two inmates paired up with real chefs. they had to come up with five dishes which were judged on taste and presentation. >> all the inmates are considered winners because they will be released from jail with a hot new skill in the kitchen. we'll be right back.
returning to our top story this morning, rod blagojevich plans to appeal the one conviction in his corruption trial. >> federal prosecutors want to put the former illinois governor on trial again. here's "american landscape" coverage from chicago's abc 7. >> this is abc 7 news at 10:00. chicago's number one news. >> blagojevich right now is facing a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for today's conviction. >> while he vows to appeal the conviction the government says it will retry him. here's abc 7's paul meincke. >> the government wins better than 90% of the cases it tries in the dirksen federal building. today rod blagojevich was convicted of lying to federal agents five years ago so technically that's a win for the prosecution.
but on all 23 other counts, the bulk of the case -- the alleged bribery, attempted extortion, sale of the senate seat -- the jury simply couldn't agree on a verdict. on those counts the ex-governor fights the government to a draw. but soon will come round two. angry, defiant. the ex-governor accused the u.s. attorney of conducting a persecution, not a prosecution. because the jury could not reach a unanimous conclusion on 23 counts, the government will retry rod blagojevich and his brother robert. in court, the prosecutor told the judge "it is absolutely our intention to retry this to resolution as quickly as possible." >> i wish this entire group would go upstairs and ask mr. fitzgerald one question. i understand he's got an important job. but why are we spending $25 million to $30 million on a retrial you couldn't prove it the first time? >> reporter: the u.s. attorney didn't launch any slings or arrows and wouldn't take questions, saying only that blagojevich round two is coming.
>> we have a court date set for next week, next thursday, to set a trial date. so for all practical purposes, we are in the mode of being close to jury selection for a retrial. >> patty and i are going to continue the fight because this fight is a lot bigger than just me and my family. this is a fight for the very freedom we as americans enjoy. >> reporter: the one count that resulted in a guilty verdict accused the governor of making false statements to the fbi when agents questioned him back in march of 2005. rod blagojevich at the time was two years into his first term and he told the fbi he maintained a firewall between government and political fund-raising. some of his top fund-raising aides testified that was not true. the former governor called that count nebulous, but it still means he's a convicted felon. >> okay, paul, thanks. >> the jury foreman told abc 7 he voted guilty on all counts against rod and robert blagojevich but could not get the entire jury to agree. the jury consisted of six women
and six men. eight of them were white, three african-american, one asian-american, and he was the foreman. >> abc 7 talked to him tonight and joins us with his perspective. >> kathy and ron, 66-year-old james matsumoto called the blagojevich jury the ultimate american jury because of its diversity, thoughtfulness and professionalism. matsumoto is a former marine who spent most of his career as a videotape librarian. he said the jury of six men and six women were independent thinkers who took their oath, the law, and the judge's jury instructions very seriously. >> they asked if i would serve as foreman and i said i would. but i knew immediately it was the wrong decision. >> reporter: james matsumoto manages to maintain his sense of humor, despite 14 days of deliberations that yielded only one verdict on 28 counts. the 66-year-old northwest side resident said he knew at the end of last week that coming to a verdict on most of the counts was going to be hopeless. >> the people that said not guilty were adamant. and i respect their decision.
because i think it was based on how they looked at the evidence. >> reporter: matsumoto looked at the evidence the way prosecutors had hoped every juror would. >> i thought the government proved its case. >> reporter: matsumoto said some jurors could not get past the lack of a smoking gun. matsumoto said in his opinion, the government's strongest evidence was the sale of the senate seat. despite a disappointing outcome matsumoto has great respect for his jury. >> to give credit to the entire jury, there wasn't any animosity. there wasn't any yelling or name-calling. they were very professional. they were very thoughtful. >> and again, the maximum he could serve is five years in prison on that one count. then legal experts say, look, he may serve a few months if nothing changes during the retrial. >> it should be interesting to see how this plays out in terms of the political landscape with elections coming up in november. a lot of republicans are saying
this could be a victory because that sense of people wanting to clean up the political system. in some senses it feels like a failure. >> a lot of politicians in trouble these days. interesting times till november. coming up next, the controversial radio talk show host who says, i'm quitting. and a big loss in hollywood. a doctor to the stars. it is all next in "the skinny."
amendment rights. i want to be able to say what's on my mind and in my heart and what i think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest -- >> schlessinger's contract is expiring at the end of the year. she says she told her bosses ten minutes before she went on-air. if you don't know what all this controversy stems from, she mentioned the first amendment. there was a much talked about conversation she had with a caller on august 10th. the essence of the call, a black woman called in complaining her white husband's friends kept using the "n" word. in response, she ended up using the word 11 times. >> like in five minutes. >> she and the woman got into a heated exchange, at one point dr. laura said, don't take things out of context, don't naacp me. so the story went viral. the rant went viral. it was on facebook, it was everywhere. she offered apology on the air and on her website. she says, i was attempting to make a philosophical point and i articulated the "n" word all the
way out, more than one time. all that was wrong, i will say again it was completely wrong. a lot of people saying in 2000 she had another problem after referring to homosexuality as a biological error and criticizing gays for deviant behavior. she is hugely followed, hugely listened to. >> huge. you have to wonder, too. she's saying she made the call on her own, that i'm not stepping down because of this "n" word controversy. but the timing is certainly coincidental at best. we'll see what her next step is. something tells me she's not going away. she'll probably find another venue. other news now. you may not know this guy or his name but you definitely probably have seen his work. dr. frank ryan. he is a beverly hills plastic surgeon. he actually died in a car accident. a young guy, 50 years old. kind of a controversial guy in his field. he's worked on a lot of hollywood stars, including vince neil, gene simmons from kiss, and his wife, shandon tweed, lorenzo lamas. one of the most famous clients,
heidi montag, seen right there, looking of course very natural. she raised controversy a couple of months ago when she had ten plastic surgeries, liposuction, she had her chest done, nose done, all this kind of stuff, kind of became the poster child for all that surgery in hollywood. he died in a car accident at the age of 50. leaves behind an interesting legacy when it comes to surgery and plastic surgery in this country. >> this is a sad accident too because he is a huge plastic surgeon. even though that controversy comes up with negative connotations, he's well-regarded in his field. they say his jeep wrangler veered off the road, landed on its roof. he was declared dead at the scene. it is really a sad loss. moving on this morning. if you love the backstreet boys and new kids on the block. >> who doesn't? >> even boyz ii men, you'll love this idea. live nation is talking about a tour in 2011. so far they are talking about backstreet boys and new kids on the block.
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here some are stories to watch today on abc news. the former senator from alaska, ted stevens, will be remembered today at his funeral in anchorage. stevens died in a plane crash nine days ago. the vice president will be among those at the service. bp will stop processing damage claims today to those victimized by the gulf of mexico oil spill. federal administrator kenneth feinberg is taking over the responsibility. and president obama wraps up his five-state political trip today. he is in columbus, ohio, this morning following a fund-raiser. he travels to miami later on to help raise money for the florida democratic party. and finally this half hour, putting the "f" back in kfc. for decades the fast food chain was known for one thing, the finger licking good fried chicken. >> last year kfc introduced grilled chicken and it was heavily promoted, a move that has since ruffled the feathers
of some franchise owners. yunji de nies reports. >> reporter: the colonel's original recipe has never changed. >> i don't know how we can improve it more. >> reporter: but kfc's menu has. from finger licking to fit. >> because fresh tastes better. >> reporter: that recent push to appear more healthy has created a split in the kfc family. just ask franchise owner william eubanks. >> we are fried chicken, we shouldn't be embarrassed about that. >> reporter: eubanks runs 29 kfcs. he and other franchisees are angry with the corporate company, yum brands, for confusing customers with recent ads like this. >> kentucky grilled chicken. >> kentucky's grilled chicken. >> they only advertise grilled chicken in a fried chicken brand. i'm sure the colonel wouldn't be happy with that. >> reporter: while sales in other chicken chains grew last year, kfc's fell 6%. some franchise owners are suing to change kfc's strategy. yum brands says they're just giving customers what they want.
>> what i think, what the franchisees think is interesting. what really, really matters is what the customers think. >> but sales are down. >> not everything is done in one day. >> reporter: for years food cops like michael jacobson have attacked artery-clogging fast food menus. we talked to franchise owners who say they're throwing away grilled chicken because nobody is buying it. can this actually work? >> it may not work at kfc. >> reporter: kfc set a world record frying 2,000 pounds of chicken. none of it grilled, all of it eaten. yunji de nies, abc news, washington. >> all this over chicken, man. crazy. >> you know, in response to this, the concern that there wasn't enough promotion for the unhealthy items, who could ever forget the double down? do you remember this thing? >> oh, yes. look at that. heart attack just watching that. >> two pieces of fried